2017 YMCA Travel Experiences Launched

Date: 08 June 2017

Visit Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Belarus, USA, Romania, Cambodia or the Holy Land with YMCA Alternative Tourism.

World YMCA together with local YMCAs invites you to join the exciting 2017 tours.

These tours are specially prepared by the local YMCA and each provides a unique experience by combining the best tourism highlights with an insight into the life-changing work of the local YMCAs.

Alternative Tourism is a social enterprise that supports the Youth Empowerment mission of the local YMCA and World YMCA.  Each tour is designed based on the principles of Alternative Tourism: assuring an authentic community-based tourism experience for the participants.  

These tours are not limited to just YMCA people and all are welcome to join.

The 2017 tours now open for bookings are:

•    Malaysia:    May 10-16
•    Sri Lanka:   May 25 – June 1
•    Romania:    August 25-30
•    Belarus:      September 11-16
•    Cambodia:  November 10-17
•    Nepal:         November 20-27
•    Holy Land:  December 4-13

And coming soon …  Sioux, USA    

Tour details are accessible : CLICK HERE


“These tours are unique and special” affirmed World YMCA Secretary General Johan Vilhelm Eltvik. “I don’t think there is a better way to visit these great locations than to do it with the local YMCAs as your host and guides.”

“YMCA Alternative Tourism offers visitors the chance to experience the most impressive cultural diversities, real life of the people, and fascinating hospitality with the local YMCA. Visitors will experience the countries and the YMCA work in a very special way.”

“I encourage you to promote – and even to join one of these tours. Your participation in the tour also helps the work of the local YMCA.”

England’s International Secretary, Ken Montgomery, participated in the 2016 Cambodia tour and you can read his story CLICK HERE

For enquiries or further information email ymcatours@ymca.int

Malaysia:  May 10-16

Experience the diverse and magnificent land of Penang Island – known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’. A food paradise awaits – as does the diversity in culture which will take your breath away.  When you join YMCA diversity of Asia, Penang tour, you will treasure the richness and take with you the unforgettable experience.    

Sri Lanka:  May 25- June 1

Experience the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka on a unique YMCA adventure. Visit natural wonders and historical sites, enjoy the food and people of this jewel of Asia.  

Romania: 25-30 August

Experience the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. From Southern Transylvania to the historic region of Maramures, this is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.

Belarus: 11-16 September

One of the most unknown countries in Europe with a unique mixture of post-communist and Orthodox atmosphere. Experience the living memories of the tragedies of the second World War. Visit fascinating nature with huge forests, lakes and rivers and meet the friendly and hospitable people.

Cambodia:10-17 November

Discover the colour, chaos and culinary delights of Cambodia with the local YMCA as your hosts and guides. Visit UNESCO World Heritage listed ancient ruins as well as local YMCA projects. See Cambodia come to life from Phnom Penh to  Angkor Wat, through ruins of ancient civilisations, between quilted rice paddies and into traditional rural villages.

Nepal: 20-27 November

Nepal maybe small but it is big in its culture, natural beauties, people and places. Known as the “roof of the world” here we find people of various culture, religions and traditions.  

Holy Land 4-13 December

Experience the history and excitement of the Holy Land in this unique YMCA Christmas tour. From Jerusalem to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and more, walk in the steps of Jesus and learn from interfaith speakers as you visit the major historical sites of the Christian world and Bible.

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Tour details are accessible : CLICK HERE